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The merits of an experimentally testable model of phobias

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  30 August 2019

Graham C. L. Davey
Cognitive and Computing Sciences, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QH,


A series of arguments are presented by De Jong & Merckelbach which suggest that biological preparedness has been received significantly less critically than it should have been. I agree fully with their assessment. Cuthbert raises four questions about the applicability of the expectancy bias hypothesis to selective associations in human conditioning. This response argues that none of these four examples is necessarily problematic for the hypothesis.

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